How to retract (undo sending) an email in Gmail

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BBM added the retract feature which enables you unsend a message (before the receiver views it). This feature is very useful especially when you’ve sent something out of anger, in error, with a typo or to the wrong person. This feature is also supported in Gmail and very easy to setup.

How do I setup undo send in Gmail?

1. Login to your Gmail account

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2. Click the Gear icon at the top-right corner (Settings)

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3. Select Setttings

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4. Tick Enable Undo Send and set the Send cancellation period (I prefer 30 seconds)

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5. Scroll to the bottom and click Save Changes

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How do I use the Undo Send feature?

1. Compose an email and click Send when done

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2. To Undo Send, click Undo at the top

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3. You’ll get a notification confirming that the message has been retracted (Sending has been undone)

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4. The retracted message will be saved to Draft

Is there any other thing I need to be aware of?

If the Send Cancellation Period you set elapses before you undo send (whether due to a poor network, your hesitation or for whatever reason), then the email will be sent.

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